Thuner makes most of WDA tourney

Kari Gibb/MDN Minot High freshman Ava Thuner attacks the net in the championship game in the individual singles bracket on Saturday, May 25, at Hammond Park.

With the team results complete, and the Minot High tennis team winning the West Dakota Association (WDA) championship for the second season in a row, it was time for players to finish the individual brackets for singles and doubles play for at bid state qualifying possibilities.

In the singles bracket, the sixth seeded freshman Ava Thuner from Minot High defeated the second seeded freshman Avy Ator from Williston in the semifinals 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the finals and play the top seeded senior Sophia Felderman from Mandan.

In the finals, Felderman proved to be older and more experienced. The Brave won 6-2, 6-3 over the Majettes Thuner who finished second in the singles bracket.

The unseeded senior Reese Goodman played her way back through the consolation bracket defeating freshman Kyla Jorgenson of Bismarck Century 6-1, 6-3 and senior Sydney Hall of Bismarck High 6-4, 6-3 to finish at fifth place and qualify for state individual play.

In the doubles bracket, sophomore Kyllie Fettig and senior Sienna Ronning finished the day working their way from a semifinal loss to take third place at the tournament. The only downside to the win is their opponents were sophomore Grace and junior Lila Olson from Minot High who ended up fourth place. The match was tight at 3-6, 6-4 and 7-6(4) for Fettig and Ronning.

The winners of the doubles were the top seeded duo seniors Halle Severson and Aleah McPherson from Bismarck Legacy seeded second winning first place and the top seeded team of senior Caleria Bradley and sophomore Shayna Klitzke from Dickinson taking second place.

From the individual brackets, Minot High had a healthy list of state qualifiers as Thuner, Goodman, G. Olson, L. Olson, Ronning and Fettig each will play in individual brackets. By winning first place overall as a team, the entire Majettes team will play in state.

The 2024 NDHSAA State Girls Tennis Tournament will be held Thursday, May 30, through Saturday, June 1, at Grand Forks Choice Health & Fitness courts. At 10am the team play will begin with Valley City playing Century, BismarckLegacy facing Fargo Davies, West Fargo Sheyenne taking on Mandan and Minot High against Grand Forks Red River in round one.


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